Electrical Fire at the Empire Mine

A small fire broke out at the Empire Mine in Ishpeming after an electrical failure at the plant. Officials from Cliffs Natural Resources report that the fire started after there was electrical failure at the main substation at the mine. As a result, a total electrical power outage occured to the entire mining area and plant. No injuries were reported. The Richmond Township Fire Department assisted with putting out the fire. The cause of the electrical failure is not known at this time and is under investigation.  There was no loss of pellet production at the Empire Mine as the plant was already undergoing a planned shutdown.


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